Every so often I have a conversation with someone who changes my perspective or enlightens me. There are probably few of us who haven’t been reluctant to try something new and possibly intimidated to join in an activity, wondering if you will “fit in” or even have the physical ability to participate.
Recently I had one such conversation with a dedicated Y member. It was a great reminder of how wonderfully adaptive our group exercise staff are in every class they teach. “Where Everyone is Welcome!” is not just a Y slogan to them, it is a truth that is instilled in every class they teach, welcoming newcomers and participants of every age and ability.
She wanted to inspire others who may feel intimidated to try a group exercise class to step out, knowing that the instructors and other participants in the classes would be excited to see them.
This is the letter I received from her:
“I have been a member of the Cassville Y for several years. For the first time, I decided to take advantage of the free group exercise classes offered. I want to say “Thank You” to Tiffany who teaches Strength and Tone, Lisa-Core & More and Kelsey-Cross Training, their abilities as a instructors, motivators and the encouragement they provide. I will be the first to admit being a few decades older than the oldest instructor and participants, I was a little apprehensive, but begin I did, and I am happy to say, I am now attending all 3 classes at the Y. The classes offer different levels of difficulty and modifications for all ages and levels of physical fitness.
So to the Instructors and the Staff at the Y Thank You.”
In return, I wanted to say “Thank You” to her for her inspiring story!